Our Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies focuses on many challenges facing Pediatric and Emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the clinical care of children. The goal of this conference is to increase the knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants; clinical expert input; Symposia Medicus’ online survey; and other medical and nursing data.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Western Mediterranean.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Identify clinical features that help distinguish innocent from pathologic heart murmurs

Avoid common pitfalls in diagnosing pediatric orthopedic injuries

Recognize clinical conditions that may be affected by insufficiency or deficiency of vitamin D

Implement guideline-based strategies for the accurate diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis


At the conclusion of attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the pre/post case study survey, evaluations, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 17.5 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 17.5 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.

This Live activity, HOT TOPICS IN PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES, with a beginning date of 09/11/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 17.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 17.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.5.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 3.25 hours in pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference,
extra copies of the session materials (either paper or digital copy) will be available one
week after the conference. The cost is $60
for a hard copy and $25 for the digital
copy. To place your order, please email



All cruise rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy (U.S. dollars, cruise-only). The price of your cruise includes ship accommodations, meals (except for specialty restaurants), 24-hour room service, standard beverages (coffee, tea, milk, poured water and juices, iced tea, and lemonade), and most activities and entertainment onboard the ship.

If you book through Symposia Medicus, for cabins 08 and higher, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package (valued at $714 per person) for the 1st/2nd persons, (includes gratuities), and if applicable, the 3rd and 4th guests in your cabin will receive a non-alcoholic beverage package. See Drink Package section for further information.

Please note, the cruise line may offer lower rates with promotions; however, our cabin rates are the lowest available.

A deposit for all cabin occupants is due to Symposia Medicus at the time of registration ($450.00 per person for cabin categories 10-Interior to S2-Sky Suite and $950.00 per person for cabin category RS-Royal Suite). Final payments are due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, June 16, 2017. Payments not received by the due date are subject to cabin cancellation with no refunds.

Celebrity Cruises® provides complimentary electronic cruise documents (eDocs). You will receive cruise documents in portable document format (PDF) by email approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing.

If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), please note an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form in this brochure.


Conference Tuition See “Conference Registration Information”
Cruise Fees
(Port Charges)
$300.00/per person
Taxes $111.00/per person
(subject to change)
Gratuities See “Gratuities Aboard Ship”
Air Transportation See “Airline Travel Information”
Ground Transportation See “Ground Transportation”
(Optional) CruiseCare®
Cancellation Penalty
Waiver Program
See “CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program”
Cruise rates also do not include: shore and land excursions, meals ashore, alcoholic and certain beverages (unless cabin is booked through Symposia Medicus, where you’ll receive a Classic Beverage Package for cabins 08 and higher), photographs, telephone calls, internet access, meals on ship at specialty restaurants, purchases from the ship stores, and spa or beauty salon treatments.

You will be able to view your reservation, book shore and land excursions, and air transportation through Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program, on the cruise website, after you are registered and receive confirmation with a reservation number.


Per Celebrity Cruises’® policy, a full refund (except amounts paid for CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, which is non-refundable) will be made for written cancellations received by Symposia Medicus no later than June 16, 2017. Passengers who cancel after this date, for any reason, are subject to the following per person cancellation fees.

By June 16: Full refund will be given

June 17 – August 4: $450.00 or $950.00 per person cruise deposit will not be refunded

August 5 – August 18: 50% of total cruise price will not be refunded

After August 18: No refunds will be made

Name changes require the prior approval of Celebrity Cruises® and are subject to additional fees. Cruise tickets are non-transferable. For security reasons, no name changes are allowed by Celebrity Cruises® after Friday, August 25, 2017.


CruiseCare® insurance is optional, but if purchased, must be for all cabin occupants.

With the optional CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, Celebrity Cruises® will waive the non-refundable cancellation provision of your cruise ticket contract, and pay you the value of the unused portion of your prepaid cruise cost should you or your traveling companion(s) need to cancel your cruise for one of the CruiseCare® stated reasons such as sickness, injury or death of yourself, a traveling companion, or immediate family member. In addition, should you or your traveling companion(s) need to cancel for “any other reason,” you may be eligible for CRUISE CREDITS - up to 75% of the non-refundable, prepaid cruise cost to be used toward a future cruise.

Celebrity Cruises’® CruiseCare® rates vary depending on the cost of your cruise fare and cruise fees (port charges). Below is a chart showing the cost per person for CruiseCare® insurance. Prices are subject to change and may increase.

For more information or if you have any questions concerning CruiseCare®, please call Celebrity Cruises’® CruiseCare® Help Line at (800) 797-4516.

Rates based on per person cost of cruise fare and cruise fees (port charges) CRUISECARE® INSURANCE RATES
$0 - $500 $29/person
$501 - $1,000 $59/person
$1,001 - $1,500 $89/person
$1,501 - $2,000 $119/person
$2,001 - $2,500 $159/person
$2,501 - $3,000 $199/person
$3,001 - $3,500 $259/person
$3,501 - $4,000 $299/person
$4,001 - $4,500 $339/person
$4,501 - $5,000 $379/person
$5,001 - $5,500 $419/person


If a pregnant guest has entered or will be entering their 24th week before or during the cruise, they are NOT ALLOWED to travel.

If a pregnant guest is less than 24 weeks, a physician’s “Fit to Travel” note stating that they are in good health, not a high risk pregnancy, and not entering the 24th week must be presented at check-in and carried onboard.


Children must be at least one year old by September 11, 2017, to go on the cruise. Denial of boarding for children who do not satisfy this minimum age requirement may also result in the denial of boarding for one or more guests sailing with that child. No refunds will be given as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage child or other accompanying guests.


Passports are REQUIRED for every passenger including children and infants. If you do not have a passport, please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks to receive it after you complete and mail the application. Your passport cannot expire before March 1, 2018.

It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents such as passports, visas, inoculation certificates, and/or family legal documents are required for ship boarding and country entry and/or re-entry into the United States and other countries. Based on nationality, many countries require an entry visa.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from entering a country, and may be subject to fines.

Note: No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

For additional passport and visa requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at or Embassies (Consular Service Office) of each country on the sailing itinerary.


If you purchase Air Transportation through Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program:

Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program allows you to purchase airline tickets at the best available prices. After you are registered and receive a reservation number, you can book directly on the website at or by calling (800) 533-7803 and speaking with an air agent (service fees may apply). Any changes or cancellations may be subject to non-refundable service charges and additional airfare costs.
By using Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program, you can:

Receive the lowest fares on available flights

Choose your preferred airline and specific itineraries

Receive assured arrival to the ship if any delays or cancellations occur

Receive 24-hour assistance with flights

Note: Infant fares (one year to two years old) cannot be booked online. You must call the Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program Support Desk at 800-533-7803 or the airline directly to add your infant to the booking.


If you make your own air arrangements, you should allow a minimum of three hours from the time your flight arrives in Rome, Italy to the time the ship departs (at 4:00pm). Going home, you should allow at least three hours between when the ship disembarks in Rome and your plane departs (disembarkation starts at approximately 8:00am). The three hours allow you time for ship clearance, customs clearance (if applicable), and airline security. You can also request to be one of the first groups to depart the ship by going to the Guest Relations Desk as soon as possible once you board the ship and letting them know that due to a tight airline schedule, you need to be included in the first group off the ship.


For more information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

If you choose to make your own air travel arrangements, you can purchase Celebrity Cruises® transfers to/from the ship. Once you have arrived and collected your luggage at the airport, you will be met by a Celebrity Cruises® representative outside the Baggage Claim area who will assist you with transportation to the ship. When you return from your cruise and have claimed your luggage, a Celebrity Cruises® representative on the pier will direct you to your transportation to the airport. Note: The transfers are only available on the scheduled day of ship embarkation (September 11, 2017) and disembarkation (September 22, 2017).

All requests must be made to Symposia Medicus by Friday, June 16, 2017. Your flight itinerary must be provided in order to confirm your transfers.


If you book through Symposia Medicus, for cabins 08 and higher, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package (valued at $714 per person) for the 1st/2nd persons, (includes gratuities), and if applicable, the 3rd and 4th guests in your cabin will receive a non-alcoholic beverage package.

The Classic Beverage Package includes: unlimited fountain and canned sodas, juices, premium teas and coffee, all specialty coffees, smoothies, frozen drinks, non-premium bottled water, certain types of beer and wine, as well as non-premium spirits and cocktails.

The Non-Alcoholic package includes: unlimited fountain or can sodas (Coca Cola Products), bottled juices (cranberry, tomato, pineapple, and apple), fresh juices, premium coffee and tea (Lavazza and Cova), and bottled water (Crystal Geyser).

If you do not book your cabin through Symposia Medicus, or you reserve an Interior Stateroom, you can purchase a beverage package directly through Celebrity Cruises. Please note that if you do not have a beverage package all beverage purchases will incur an 18% service charge.


When you make your cruise reservations, you can request either the 6:00pm Main Dining, the Flexible Select Dining (see details below), or 8:30pm Late Dining. Please inform us if you or your guests have any special food or dietary requirements and inform us of other cruise passengers (not guests in your cabin) with whom you would like to sit. Your final dining assignment will be indicated in your eDocs unless your preferred dining time is not available, in which case you will be waitlisted. If you are waitlisted, you can go to the Guest Relations Desk once you get onboard the ship to see if you can change your dinner seating time.

The Flexible Select Dining is a flexible dining option. With this option, you can be seated for dinner in the main dining room at any time between 6:00-9:30pm, or you can make reservations to dine at any time that you choose within that time frame. Reservations can be made up to four days prior to September 11, 2017, or can be made on the ship and are strongly encouraged.

If you reserve a suite, your dining will be in Luminae, you are automatically booked for Main Dining. If you have any requests or changes, you will make them with your butler.

On your cruise, you can expect two evening chic and seven smart casual dress nights. Complimentary room service is also available 24-hours a day.


All gratuities must be pre-paid and will be included in your final cruise balance. This covers your cabin steward (and butler, if suite), head waiter and assistant waiter.

Non-Suite gratuities are $142.45 per person

Concierge Class gratuities are $147.95 per person

Suite gratuities are $180.95 per person


For more information about clothing to pack, youth activities, shore excursions, and more, please visit



Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at
Brown University
Director of Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care and Consultant in Clinical Toxicology
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island

John M. Kelso, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Internal Medicine
University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Scripps Clinic
San Diego, California

Bea Files McConnell, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Newborn Hospitalist
Division of Neonatology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia 

Michael E. McConnell, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Sibley Heart Center Cardiology
Atlanta, Georgia

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.




Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - 4:00pm


Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy 7:00am 7:00pm


Nice (Villefranche), France 7:00am 5:00pm


Barcelona, Spain 9:00am -


Barcelona, Spain - 5:00pm


7:30am Registration/Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Angela C. Anderson, MD
8:15 Drug & Vaccine Allergies (Rx = 30 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
9:15 Why Are So Many of My Patients Obese & What Can Be Done?
Michael E. McConnell, MD
10:15 Break
10:30 Taking the Pain Out of Pediatric Pain Management
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
11:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Food Allergy: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
2:30 Why We Get an “F” on Vitamin D & Other Nutritional Failures (Rx = 15 minutes)
Bea Files McConnell, MD
3:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:15 Adjourn for the Day


Ibiza, Spain 7:00am 5:00pm


7:30am Pediatric Orthopedics 101 (Rx = 15 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
8:30 Allergic Rashes: Atopic Dermatitis & Urticaria
(Rx = 15 minutes)

John M. Kelso, MD
9:30 Break
9:45 Foreign Bodies: Fun Ways to Get Them Off & Out
Angela C. Anderson, MD
10:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
11:45 Adjourn for Day

Malaga, Spain 12:00pm 7:00pm


Gibraltar, United Kingdombia 7:00am 4:00pm


Cartagena, Spain 7:00am 5:00pm


8:00am Anaphylaxis: How to Recognize & How to React
(Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
9:00 Here’s the Story, What’s the Picture? Radiologic Pitfalls in Pediatrics (Rx = 15 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
10:00 Break
10:15 Pediatric Heart Murmurs: What You Do Not Want To Miss – A Multimedia Presentation
Michael E. McConnell, MD
11:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:15 Toxicology Look Alikes: Pediatric Poisonings That Mimic Pediatric Illnesses (Rx = 40 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
2:15 Syncope in Young People: When to Be Concerned
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Michael E. McConnell, MD
3:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:00 Conference Adjourns


Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00am -

Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions



The beauty and excitement of the Western Mediterranean await you. Discover first-hand “la dolce vita” of Rome, view remarkable Renaissance-era artwork and breathtaking architecture in Florence, enjoy a day on the French Riviera in Nice, take in the rich cultural sights and sounds of Barcelona, have some traditional Spanish paella in Ibiza, bask in the delightful Mediterranean climate while in Malaga, see the amazing Barbary Macques found on the Rock of Gibraltar, and revel at the abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish historical sites within Cartagena, Spain.

The Western Mediterranean is best experienced with an award-winning cruise line. Celebrity Cruises® is ranked at the top of the prestigious Conde’ Nast Traveler magazine’s 2015 “Top Large Cruise Ships in the World”.

The luxurious Celebrity Reflection® is the newest and largest ship in the Solstice Class and is designed to allow you to relax and be pampered. You will experience scrumptious meals, exciting theatrical shows, a world-class spa, awe-inspiring shore excursions, and a great educational experience!

We cordially invite you to “come aboard” the Celebrity Reflection® for our conference on Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies and the outstanding cruise of a lifetime.

Alaska Cruise



Enrollment for this cruise conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference group rates by reserving the following ways:

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

For additional conference or cabin information, call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at

If postmarked by July 3, 2017
If postmarked after July 3, 2017
Physicians $660 $760
Residents, Nurses, PAs & All Others $560 $660

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to session materials, and break refreshments

Conference registration and cruise reservations (if applicable) will be confirmed via email


We have arranged conference group rates through Celebrity Cruises®. We have a limited number of cabins in the categories, and at the rates, listed below. Cabins at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis, and are only available until Friday, June 16, 2017.

PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as cabins may sell out and/or rates may increase. After Friday, June 16, 2017, all remaining cabins are released back to the cruise line and are on a space and rate available basis.

Rates are (U.S. dollars, cruise-only) PER PERSON, based on double occupancy, and DO NOT include cruise fees (port charges) of $300.00 per person, taxes of $111.00 per person (subject to change), gratuities, air transportation, ground transfers, or optional CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program fees.

RS Royal Suite w/ Private
RS Veranda, Suite Amenities, and European-Style Butler
$10,399 $1,149 590 158
S2 Sky Suite w/ Private
S2 Veranda, Suite Amenities, and European-Style Butler
$3,699 $1,149 300 79

Family Ocean View
FV w/ Private Veranda
(5 persons required -
5th Person Rate $849)

$3,009 $849 575 53-105
C3 Concierge Class w/ Private Veranda and Concierge
Class Amenities
$1,999 $849 194 54
2B Deluxe Ocean View w/ Private Veranda $1,649 $849 194 54
08 Ocean View (no Veranda) $1,499 $849 177 N/A
10 Interior Stateroom $1,199 $549 183-200 N/A
Aqua Class and other cabin types may be available upon request.
Please call us at (925) 969-1789 for availability and rates.

Single occupancy cabins can be requested; however, the rate for single occupancy is two times the cruise fare and port charges for the selected cabin category

Detailed cabin descriptions and amenities are available at


Cruise Policies

Deposit due at time of booking is $450.00 per person for cabin categories 10 to S2 or $950 per person for cabin category RS

Final payment is due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, June 16, 2017

Cruise documents will be emailed in a (PDF) file, approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing. If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), please note an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form.

Triple and/or quad cabins are limited and not all cabins can accommodate 3 or 4 people, thus cabin fares quoted above will be subject to the below additional guest charges.

Mandatory third, fourth, and fifth for FV only, additional cabin guest charges noted above do not include $300.00 cruise fees (port charges), $111.00 taxes (subject to change), and gratuities (see Gratuities
Aboard Ship section).

© 2017 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ships’ registry: Malta and Ecuador


Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, wil be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after August 7, 2017; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Please see Cruise Cancellation Policy section for cancellation dates

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, cabin payment refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.